White House censors French president for saying ‘Islamist terrorism’
By Chris Perez
President Obama is so paranoid about linking terrorists to the Muslim faith that when French President François Hollande used the phrase “Islamist terrorism” at a meeting in Washington, White House officials posted their official press video with audio of the words cut out completely.
The 8-minute clip was posted on the White House Web site and showed Hollande discussing the global terror threat at a Nuclear Security Summit meeting with Obama and advisers Thursday.
The White House’s transcript of the event shows the French leader declared at the 4:49 minute mark that “the roots of terrorism, Islamist terrorism, is in Syria and in Iraq.”
But rather than include Hollande’s remark in its entirety, the Obama administration posted footage in which his interpreter’s English translation of the words “Islamist terrorism” was missing.
The audio gap was first reported by the Media Research Center, a media watchdog.
After initially posting the video without the edits, the White House took it down and uploaded it again with the interpreter’s voice muted, the MRC reported.
The nonprofit group reported that the White House’s official MP3 recording of the meeting was also censored, but that the transcript was not.
“Thanks, of course, Ministry of Propaganda offices at WH for going ahead and simply posting the proof!” a user wrote in a comment
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